Brian Dewey
Brian Dewey
Title: Head Softball Coach
Phone: 814-725-6105 (Office)
Phone: 814-746-5033 (Cell)
Email: bdewey@mercyhurst.edu

Brian Dewey enters his 15th year at the helm of the Saints in 2016-17. In 2016, Dewey guided the Saints to the Western New York Athletic Conference Championship, the Region 3/15 championship, and went on to win the District Championship and a spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament. The Saints have been to the National Tournament eight of Dewey’s 14 years as coach.

The Saints took 9th at the World Series in 2016 and finished with an overall record of 37-18, Dewey had six players named all WNYAC, four of which went on to become All Region, three of those were named All Americans.

On March 29th, when the Saints beat Genesee Community College in the first game of a double header, Dewey won his 400th game as head coach of the Saints. After the season, Dewey was named WNYAC Coach of the Year.

In 14 years, Dewey has compiled an overall record of 423-186. Dewey has also been a part of 11 conference championships in his 14 years. The Saints have 10 Region Championships (05, 06, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16).

Dewey was named East Region Coach of the Year in 2014, the fourth time he was honored with that award. He was one of three coaches nominated for NFCA National Coach of the Year. Dewey was also named WNYAC Coach of the year 6 times as he received that award in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2016. 

The Saints over last several years have also been successful in the classroom, with a average GPA 3.2. Over 90 percent of Dewey’s players have moved on to a 4-year college with several playing at the Division 1 and 2 level.

Dewey, a native of Erie, PA, graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2000 and worked as a correspondent for the Erie Times News Sports Department before coming to Mercyhurst North East to coach the baseball team. Dewey also serves as the Athletic Director for Mercyhurst North East.

Ron Bretz
Ron Bretz
Title: Assistant Softball Coach

Ron Bretz is entering his 9th year on the Saints coaching staff in 2016-17. Bretz came on mid-year in Dec 2008 and took control of the pitching staff. During that year, the Saints made their first ever trip to the NJCAA National Tournament. The Saints are 270-112 In his seven years on staff.

 

Bretz has led a pitching staff that has helped the Saints get to the NJCAA National Tournament every year since he joined the staff. Under Bretz direction, the Saints pitching staff have been among the best in the nation. In addition, Bretz has sent several of his pitchers on to get scholarships at 4 year University’s. Bretz was honored in 2011, 2013, and 2014 as the NFCA East Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

 

Bretz pitched men's fast pitch for 19 years and has been involved in coaching at numerous levels. For 11 years, he was the head coach at Ripley High School. During that time, he lead the Eagles to numerous county and division championships. He also started the summer program for younger kids to improve softball in the area. Bretz also initiated the modified and JV programs, the first in Chautauqua County. He sent several players on to college scholarship programs.